Podcast Episode #34: Busy Times

October 18, 2015 Podcast 4



Welcome to the thirty-fourth episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.

Are you a new listener? Welcome! You might like to listen to our new three-minute intro to find out about who we are and what you can expect to hear on the podcast.

This episode finds us incredibly busy so it’s just a catch up episode about what we’ve been reading. November will be filled with bookish goodness, we promise! This episode was recorded on October 18th, 2015.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear your feedback – anything you would like us to talk about in particular? Just let us know!

You can listen to past episodes of the podcast, as well as the various ways to subscribe on the main podcast page.

Our title music is titled Sea of Dreams and has been used with the kind permission of the composer, Bart Stoop. You can hear more of Bart’s beautiful music at facebook.com/BartStoop.


What we’ve been reading (and watching)…

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Stargate (1994)

Sorry Philly, Soundless is actually a stand alone. Not sure about the rights though!

sword of summer walk on earth stranger a madness so discreet zeroes
immortalheights soundless icelikefire illuminae
cinder The Red Queen fairyrealm1



Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

4 Responses to “Podcast Episode #34: Busy Times”

  1. Tracy Cornelius

    Just finished listening to this podcast during my morning ‘hurry up and get ready for work’ routine. In regards to re-reading series when the final books come out… I started reading Harry Potter just after the 4th book was published. I would re-read every book in the series every time a new installment was published and did that for several series. Looking back, I’m in awe of the free time I apparently had. Now my TBR list is ginormous. What I’ve started doing for series I love beyond all measure, when the final book is released, I listen to the series via audiobook. It is like experiencing something you love in a whole new way.

    (I’m just realizing now that this is going to be a bit of a long comment. You’re time would probably be better spent re-reading the Lunar Chronicles so feel free to stop reading at any time! Or to summarize the next bit so that you can get on with your life: Marissa Meyer is amazing. Listen to the Lunar Chronicles on audio, you’ll love it!!!!!)

    In anticipation of ‘Winter’ coming out in a few weeks, I have been listening to the Lunar Chronicles series this way and fell in love all over again. My favorite one is still ‘Cress’ but the narrator does such a fabulous job breathing life and energy into the characters that I love them all in a deeper way than I did before. Just started ‘Fairest’ and then I’m going to have about 7 days of depression waiting for the final book.

    A random feather fluffing tidbit… I am proud to say that Marissa Meyer is a resident of the town I live in; Tacoma, Washington. She has always starter her book release/tour launches locally and the last few have been held at the library I work for in downtown Tacoma. 🙂 They have gotten bigger and bigger as her series has grown so the final one will be held at a theater in Tacoma, which I fully plan to brush off work to attend. She is one of the most fan-centric (focused?) authors I have every met and just a lovely person. Randomly seeing her walk around the library to plan out previous events sends me squealing and running around the building in a tizzy, exclaiming “OMGerd, that’s Marissa Meyer. I kind of want to touch her. Is that wrong? Don’t care!”

    Anywho, the point is, doing a series re-read in audio is a great way to go. I often checkout the audiobook discs from the library to have in my care and simultaneously have it downloaded onto my phone from the library so I can continue listening while at the gym or cooking or whatever.

    Okay, I’m really done now.

    • Angelya

      Oh wow, thanks for the epic comment Tracy xD

      Audio is a great idea for the re-read! Does it take less time to listen than it does to physically read? Or is it just the fact that you can do other stuff while listening to audio that appeals to you? I find I get too distracted if I listen to books while working :-/

      Aw that’s awesome that Marissa comes from your town! Def one of the perks of working at a library, eh? 🙂

      Thanks so much Tracy, and I hope you enjoy Winter when it comes out!
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      • Tracy Cornelius

        It takes me way more time to get through an audio book than it does to read a physical one but that might not apply to everyone due to their circumstances. I read very fast so I can zip through a physical book in a day or two if life permits. I don’t have kids and am totally fine letting the state of my house decline if I’m totally enraptured by a novel. I have a short(ish) work commute (about 20 minutes each way) and don’t live alone. My dude doesn’t always want to listen to teen books about cyborgs and mind controlling Lunars so I can’t really listen to it when we’re just at home hanging out. 🙂 It makes driving WAY more enjoyable though. I feel like I’m multi-tasking one of life’s necessities while doing something I love. I can’t listen easily if I’m concentrating on something at work or cooking with a new recipe, etc. I miss things in the story.

        I used to hate audiobooks and really just didn’t think they were for me. I made myself start using them as a way to improve my listening skills (like paying attention and retaining information) and then fell in love with them after some growing pains and practice. Having an amazing narrator is key though! There are plenty of stories that I’ve started and thought “meh, I’m zoning out all the time but I can tell this would be a cool story” and some books are just better to experience in your head.

        I got some great audiobook recommendations (Ready Player One & Bloody Jack series will forever be some of my all time favorites!) from a Teen librarian friend a while back and at her recommendation I use YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) via ALA.org to find award winning audiobooks for teens. From there you can search current nominations and awards as well as past years winners. That is where I got the idea to re-read some novels I had already read and loved, since they were listed as award winners.

        Audiobooks work great as a supplemental way to add reading time in or to do a re-read of something you want to enjoy all over again. Anywho, best of luck! Hopefully you’ll find something that works for you if you want to give it a go!

        • Angelya

          That’s kind of the trouble with audio, isn’t it.. it’s pretty much a solo activity, and usually something we do in places where other people are around!
          I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy of Ready Player One.. it’s read by Wil Wheaton isn’t it 🙂

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